Denise Jaden Losing Faith
377 pp. Simon Pulse. 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9609-5 (P’back)
(From the publisher) “A terrible secret. A terrible fate.
When Brie’s sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie’s world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don’t line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night…a secret that puts her own life in danger.”
Is there anything I didn’t like about Losing Faith? Absolutely not! I LOVED this novel! The characters are wonderfully developed and the story is richly layered.
This story is about losing a sibling, but the story has so much going for it that readers will be able to read this and relate whether they’ve experienced a loss or not. The main character, Brie, is an honest character that many will relate to easily. The story focuses on how she deals with Faith’s death, and finding answers, but it also highlights her relationships with her parents, friends and teachers. Brie’s friends and boyfriend don’t know how to act around her anymore, so she’s stuck trying to act normal in an anything but normal situation. How does someone go back to being breezy with her best friend? Or go right back to making plans to go farther with her boyfriend? It’s easy to understand how she feels.
The story itself is completely addicting. I started reading and the next thing I knew, I was almost 150 pages into the book! There are plenty of unanswered questions about Faith’s death, and no one, not even Brie’s parents, will talk about it. Brie’s search for answers, and the perfect pacing of answers uncovered, is why Losing Faith is so “unputdownable.” Jaden didn’t give us new answers and more questions regarding Faith’s death too fast or too slow; the timing was absolutely perfect.
If you like Speak or Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson or Hold Still by Nina LaCour, you won’t go wrong by reading Losing Faith. I can’t say enough positive things about this book; get your hands on a copy soon!